Monday, September 29, 2008

Godly Principles for Financial Stewardship: Commitment #4

Give generously.

When we give gratefully and generously to further God’s kingdom work, we will be reinforcing our first and foundational commitment by continually having a very conscious and tangible reminder that God is the owner of all of the resources that He has given us. Our giving can be a great way to render service that is pleasing to the Lord and will help us continually fight against our human tendency to use money to satisfy our own selfish desires. In the Old Testament, God established the tithe (which literally means 10%) as a guide for how much we are to give. In the New Testament, we see that we are to go beyond the tithe and be generous and sacrificial givers. The tithe should be viewed as a floor of our giving and not as a ceiling. What a blessing we have been given to be a part of the work that God is doing through the use of our finances.

To guide our attitude on giving, we should be continually thinking on the following passage in 2 Corinthians:

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7, KJV)

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